Corrugated Metal Backsplash

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$50
2 Days
Medium

We've had a painted backsplash forever and on my honey to-do list was paint the kitchen, make new kitchen cabinet doors and install a new backsplash. The better half decided on a metal backsplash and I would call the style rustic or country I guess. Anyways, here is what we did to install a corrugated metal backsplash.

Before

This is what I started out with, the old paint color and no backsplash except for behind the stove. I also add the arched piece of wood above the sink. It was just an empty space that my wife wanted filled in.

During

After some painting I was able to get started on this. The first thing I did was to add extension boxes on the existing receptacles so the plug would stick out the wall to be flush with the metal. Those are the blue boxes on the receptacles. You don't need to do this but if you don't you will need to build some kind of frame around the metal where you cut it out so it looks better. I bought those off Amazon and they were 1/2" deep. If using these, you will also need longer receptacle screws that are about 1-1/2" long, also from Amazon. Be careful when working with electric.

Marking Line

We got the Corrugated Metal from Home Depot. The sheets were 8' long by 2' wide and cost about $16 per sheet. These could be cut with Tin Snips or an Angle Grinder with cut-off wheel. You may even be able to use a Dremel Tool w/ cut off disk but that may take a while. After measuring twice, we laid out lines using straight edge and used a Scratch Awl to mark a line in the metal.

Cutting with Tin Snips

Here I am using Tin Snips to cut across the ribs. This not too hard to do, but when cutting the other way it is very difficult because you can't move the metal out of the way during the cutting process. An Angle Grinder is much better in those cases.

Cutting with Angle Grinder

Here I am using the Angle Grinder with a Cut-Off Wheel to cut the metal where the receptacle will be. There's one of those blue extension boxes on the table.

Installing first piece

Now we set the piece in place to make sure it fits.

Mark hole locations

I wanted this screwed to the wall in case we hang something on it so I measured and marked hole locations. I used a Spring Loaded Center Punch to make dimples in the metal so the drill bit wouldn't wonder around.

Drill holes in metal

We then held the sheet in place and drilled 1/4" holes in the metal and through the wall. Be very careful to make sure you don't hit any electric wires. As you can see, we used a Vacuum to suck up the debris while drilling to make clean up easier.

Insert Wall Anchors

Then we put Plastic Wall Anchors in the holes we just drilled and hammered them all the way in.

Screw metal to wall

Now we could screw the metal to the wall using the screws that came with the Plastic Wall Anchors.

One wall finished

We kept doing the same process until both of our walls were done. The metal behind the stove goes all the way to the floor because the one side of our stove doesn't have a cabinet so it looks better this way.

Other wall finished

This is another wall in the Kitchen with the new backsplash. We love the way it turned out.


One tip would be if the Backsplash is starting or ending in the middle of a wall, you should start there with your fist piece so you start out with a nice factory cut edge.


Hopefully this will give you some insight to do the same thing yourself. Below is a link to a video if your interested. Thank you, Steve.

There is a video of this project on YouTube, check it out!

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3 questions
  • Donna
    Donna
    on Mar 18, 2021

    Do you have plans to change the cabinetry, counters, or appliances as well? The corrugated steel will work as a backsplash; but, it doesn't seem to fit with the esthetics.

    • Steven
      Steven
      on Mar 18, 2021

      Hello, I appreciate the comments but at this time, the next thing on my list to do is make new cabinet doors and I will do that out of pallet wood. I plan to make that a post at some point so stay tuned. Hopefully those will help tie things together a little more.

  • Ruth
    Ruth
    on Mar 18, 2021

    Looks great but my concern would be "How difficult is it to clean?" It seems to me it might be a bit of a "pain."

    • Kevin
      Kevin
      on Apr 6, 2021

      Ruth,


      You would "splash" the back-splash?


      What kind of a barn do y'all live in?


      Kevin

  • Sheila Honeycutt
    Sheila Honeycutt
    on Mar 19, 2021

    Were the edges seal. From spider nesting?

    • Steven
      Steven
      on Mar 19, 2021

      No, the edges are covered by the cabinets and countertop but now I will worry about that now.

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  • Kevin
    Kevin
    on Apr 6, 2021

    This looks GREAT a high tech New York City loft I can see this working in with concrete counters, etc.


    Kevin

  • JoAnn
    JoAnn
    7 days ago

    This is amazing!

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